War dead remembered at Limerick city ceremony

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THERE were sombre scenes yesterday morning as poppy wreaths were laid at Pery Square in memory of the thousands of Limerick men and woman who died during the two world wars.

THERE were sombre scenes yesterday morning as poppy wreaths were laid at Pery Square in memory of the thousands of Limerick men and woman who died during the two world wars.

The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughin and the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr Jermome Scanlan were amongst those who laid wreaths at the war memorial near the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

“It was a very solemn occasion but I think it is important that we reflect back on those does who fought and died to ensure our freedom,” said Cllr McLoughlin, whose granduncle died in the first world war.

Cllr McLoughlin added that the large crowd that attended the event shows how Ireland has “moved on as a nation”.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan, who also attended the Remembrance Day ceremony said it was an emotional occasion for all of those present.

“For the families of those who died it is a very important occasion and I think it is important that we remember those who literally gave their lives during the two world wars” said.

Two minutes silence were observed by the large crowd who attended yesterday’s event at Pery Square including members of the Organisation of Ex-Servicemen (ONE) and members of the Royal British Legion.

Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue afterwards and a Church of Ireland service took place at St Mary’s Cathedral.